The Older Worker Paradox

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by Richard Eisenberg, from Next Avenue

Here’s a strange paradox regarding older workers: On the one hand, they’re 14% less likely to receive the highest annual performance ratings, according to Mercer’s Workforce Sciences Institute. But, those analysts found, business units’ financial and operational performance rise with increased tenure of their workers.

What gives?

Some 78% of people aged 40 to 65 that AARP surveyed in 2021 said they’d either seen or experienced ageism in the workplace, up from 61% before the pandemic.

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